Hi there – happy Friday! Today is just two days away from the California International Marathon and I am really, really excited about race day. But before that, let’s get to this week’s Friday Thrive – a round up of my favorite reads, gear, recipes, and more from the week.
“Why Running without a Watch is So Important for Your Training” by Amanda Casanova for Women’s Running.
I am super excited to be cited in this article! Casanova discusses the benefits of running without monitoring your pace. So many external factors affect pace – weather, fatigue, etc. – and so many runners do damage to their training by forcing a certain pace rather than monitoring perceived effort (especially on easy days).
I went on a baking spree last week for Thanksgiving and I have to share with you what I made, despite not taking any decent photos. For the pie I used my go-to all-butter crust recipe from Smitten Kitchen, this time with European butter and blind-baked before adding the filling, and this recipe from King Arthur Flour for pumpkin pie. Ryan told me this was the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever made, and honestly, I have to agree: the pie was incredibly delicious with a perfect texture., and I usually prefer apple to pumpkin pie.
For breakfast, we enjoyed this pumpkin coffee cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction, again with European butter in the crumb topping (I skipped the glaze topping because I’m not a fan of that – I’m all about the crumb topping). I used whole wheat pastry flour and coconut oil for the cake and it was so ridiculously good that the two of us demolished the cake in a matter of three days.
Rainy season has started in the Seattle area! The sun doesn’t rise until almost 7:30 AM here and on rainy mornings, the skies will remain dark and gray well into the morning – meaning both visibility and staying dry are priorities on a run. In addition to my trusty Patagonia Houdini, I’ve started wearing a reflective vest (Amphipod Xinglet). It might be overkill by the end of my run, but I feel much safer during the first few miles, especially if Ollie and I are running along any roads or crossing any intersections.
“How an Olympic Runner Hits Race Weight” by Alex Hutchinson for Outside.
One of the biggest myths about weight as a runner is that your weight should remain the same throughout the entire year. Truth is, whether or not you deliberately try to reach a racing weight or not, you are likely leaner after several weeks of dedicated training than you are during the off-season – and this is good. This article shows just how much an Olympic runner allows her weight to fluctuate based on competitive and non-competitive phases.
What’s most notable is that she maintained a healthy bone density, regular menstrual cycles, and what the author rightly calls “enviable” iron levels. As the article argues, gaining weight during the off-season improved her health, rather than trying to maintain the same weight year-round.
Ann Marie ran a 10K PR!
Jamala ran a 5K PR!
Erin ran a marathon!
Brian ran a 10K PR!
P.J. ran close to his 10K PR on a very hilly course!
And yes, I just talked about pie and racing weight in the same blog post. You can tell I’m thinking about both Cal International Marathon on Sunday and everything that I am going to eat (and drink) to celebrate afterward.
Do you wear visibility gear for winter running?
Do you prefer frosted baked goods or crumb topping?
I feel kind of silly in my headlamp and vest by the time the sun comes up, but its definitely better to be safe when its dark out.
Good luck this weekend!!
Thank you so much! I agree – I’d rather look silly than be in the dark. I do like KnuckleLights for that reason – they transition well dark to sunrise 🙂
I’m all about the safety gear! And I love that brands are building reflectivity into more clothes now. And P.S. I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you so much! I love that also – my Saucony Hi Viz jacket is a staple for winter morning runs!
I get after Alex all the time for not wearing his visability straps. While he is wearing all black. At night. UGH
What?!? He needs to wear the visibility straps especially if he goes out in all black!
I’m all about safety gear but mostly run when the sun is out (the beauty of working from home, I can run at lunch). I do have some lights for when I run in the evenings even though that’s pretty rare.
Hooray for a baking spree- perfect way to carb load for CIM. Have a great race this weekend!
That is definitely a perk of working from home! Thank you so much!!
wishing you the greatest race on Sunday! I know you will do amazing. And I love chocolate frosted desserts but also really like crumb toppings.
Thank you so much!!
I’m all about the safety gear!! I’d so much rather look silly than be dead! lol Seriously though, there are entirely way too many drivers out there that are oblivious. If I could run in a protective bubble, I totally would.
Crumb topping unless you’re talking buttercream frosting. And then I’ll just take the frosting, thankyouverymuch. 😀
Have a great race!
I agree with that – I sometimes think I should wear flashing lights even in broad daylight based on some drivers. Thank you so much!
I’m so excited to cheer for you this weekend! I’ve been on a baking kick lately too- it’s one of my favorite activities, I think because my mom used to bake a lot and it brings back all those good feelings. 🙂
Thank you!! Baking does bring out all those homey feelings, especially around the holidays 🙂